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Court orders slain Crows coach’s son be allowed into community with his mum

The son of slain Adelaide Crows AFL coach Phil Walsh will be allowed out on day trips into the community accompanied by his mother, a court has ordered.Cy Walsh, 31, was detained until further order after the Supreme Court found he was mentally incompetent when he stabbed his father to death in July 2015.He appeared…

The son of slain Adelaide Crows AFL coach Phil Walsh will be allowed out on day trips into the community accompanied by his mother, a court has ordered.

Cy Walsh, 31, was detained until further order after the Supreme Court found he was mentally incompetent when he stabbed his father to death in July 2015.

He appeared by video-link in court on Tuesday, when his lawyer asked Justice Anne Bampton to slightly relax the conditions of the order.

Walsh, who was initially treated at James Nash House secure mental health facility, will permanently “step down” to the lower-security Ashton House.

He had previously spent five nights a week at Ashton House.

Walsh will also be allowed to make visits into the community accompanied by just one support person, which could include his mother, Meredith Walsh.

Prosecutor Lucy Boord did not oppose the change.

“I have consulted with Mrs Walsh and she is clearly supportive of this application, so we do not oppose this variation,” she said.

Justice Bampton allowed the variations to go ahead in the proposed form.

Walsh was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after his father’s death and had previously been allowed supervised release for medical appointments and rehabilitation.

He was found not guilty of the murder of his 55-year-old father at the family‘s Adelaide home after the court accepted that he had undiagnosed and untreated schizophrenia at the time.

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